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Twitch quietly rolls out a private messaging system dubbed Whisper

Twitch has just very quietly rolled out a private messaging system dubbed Whisper, which allows you to talk between friends, you know - like you do everywhere else.

 

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Whisper works by typing "/w" into the Twitch chat box, where you just add the username of the person you want to talk to. Once you've done this, it will create a message to your friend, that only the two of you can see. Whisper messages populate in the standard Twitch chat window, but we're sure that this will change soon.

 

The company has said that it is working on pop-out private messages, as well as offline delivery. You can also block Whisper messages from abusive users, as well as change privacy preferences in Settings.

Your PC won't handle this 8K video that has just hit YouTube

Sure, YouTube has technically supported 8K videos since 2010, but the video sharing site only started labeling them this year. 8K has a resolution of 7680x4320, which is just insanely massive.

 

 

The first 8K video to hit YouTube is called "Ghost Towns" which was filmed using a RED Epic Dragon 6K camera in portrait orientation, reports TechSpot. In order to achieve full 8K, some of the scenes were upscaled or stitched together using Adobe After Effects. Since there aren't many native 8K cameras on the market, this is something that consumers won't get until sometime next year.

 

So now that there's an 8K video on YouTube, you can see if your Internet connection and PC are capable of handling 7680x4320, which they probably aren't. I'm running an 8-core AMD processor, 16GB RAM and a 34-inch ultrawide 3440x1440 monitor from LG - so the hardware is fine, along with a 100Mbps fiber connection and I get a jittery video, but it's a deliciously gorgeous jittery video.

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Porn Time, a Popcorn Time like service for porn is now available

Streaming TV shows and movies on-demand using Popcorn Time is something millions of users around the world loved, so we shouldn't be surprised to learn of Porn Time, which is a Popcorn Time-like service, but for porn.

 

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Porn Time functions very similar to Popcorn Time, as it even runs the Popcorn Time API. Porn Time has a similar UI, as well as having support for Chromecast and Airplay baked into it. It's not legal, as Porn Time pulls down porn torrents from popular porn torrent websites, downloading them, and then playing them wherever you like.

 

The service is currently available as an app for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with Android and iOS versions currently in development.

Internet piracy helped pave the way for Netflix, other video services

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says his company is prepared to expand to Spain, and that Internet piracy - while a concern - helped create the opportunity for Netflix.

 

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It may have taken longer than expected, but Netflix is expected to publicly launch in Spain before the end of 2015. The company will introduce a video catalog that mimics what happened in Germany and France, where it took time to evolve into the 'full fat' version that users in the United States can enjoy.

 

"Well, you can call it a problem, but the truth is that [piracy] has also created a public that is now used to viewing content on the Internet," Hastings reportedly said while speaking to El Mundo. "We offer a simpler and more immediate alternative to finding a torrent."

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Pink Floyd speaks out against streaming music, angry at tech firms

Don't count Pink Floyd founding members Roger Waters and Nick Mason as fans of the current shift towards streaming music! There is a current battle between users and streaming services trying to work with record labels and artists to figure out how everyone can be happy.

 

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"I think one is angry just as everybody else should be. All of those bi***** in Silicon Valley who are stealing not just our work but all the work that all the musicians all over the world are doing," said Waters, founding member of Pink Floyd, in a statement published by Sky News. "They are spreading it across the Internet and then people believe it's free and that it should be free. And it shouldn't be free."

 

"Being a musician is just like any other job. It's perfectly reasonable that people are required to pay for the fruits of your labor."

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The Google Gmail email service tops 900 million global users

The Google Gmail email service now has 900 million users across the world, a drastic increase over the 425 million monthly active users the company reported in 2012.

 

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At least 75 percent of Gmail users access their accounts on a mobile device, and now is a good time for Google to launch Inbox. The service, which is available on Google Play or from the Apple Store, allows users to better organize their mobile Gmail inboxes. Inbox is available to anyone interested in downloading it and giving a shot, which features "Highlights" so information is more easily viewable in the email feed.

 

 

Outlook.com has at least 400 million active accounts, while Yahoo Mail has 225 million monthly active users - with many users owning multiple email addresses, sometimes spread across different email providers.

Don't worry, mobile isn't killing desktop Internet after all

Even with more people using their smartphones and tablets to browse the Internet, there is plenty of life left for the desktop market. Desktop traffic remains strong during weekdays, while mobile browsing is increasingly in the morning and evening, according to the comScore research group.

 

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More users are browsing the Internet from mobile devices, but desktop Web usage isn't actually decreasing - and has been stable over the past two years. This is a strong sign for advertisers, as it looks like mobile browsing might actually help boost desktop traffic.

 

"The key to remember is that percentages are not zero-sum," said Tony Haile, CEO of the Chartbeat online analytics, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. "You can have mobile growing to 50% of your traffic and desktop traffic remaining healthy."

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Report: 3.2 billion people used the Internet so far in 2015

Around 3.2 billion people across the world will be able to use the Internet, with a global population nearing 7.2 billion total, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU also says around 2 billion Internet users will be from developing nations.

 

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Previously, the United Nations predicted more than 3 billion Internet users by the end of 2014, and that goal has been accomplished.

 

Not surprisingly, Europe (77.6 percent) and the Americas (66 percent) greatly lead in Internet saturation over Africa (20.7 percent) and Asia & Pacific (36.9 percent). Things are looking up as reliable broadband Internet is now affordable in 111 countries, with additional support to drive Internet penetration in emerging nations.

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YouTube now allows 60FPS for live streaming on HTML5 browsers

YouTube has just launched a new gaming-focused feature into its arsenal, with 60FPS live streaming now available as "an early preview on HTML5-compatible browsers".

 

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The Google-owned video streaming site explained in a post on the YouTube Partners & Creators Blog: "When you start a live stream on YouTube at 60fps, we'll transcode your stream into 720p60 and 1080p60, which means silky smooth playback for gaming and other fast-action videos. We'll also make your stream available in 30fps on devices where high frame rate viewing is not yet available, while we work to expand support in the coming weeks".

 

YouTube worked together with Elgato and XSplit in order to create software that was capable of handling 60FPS streaming.

Silk Road helped reduce risks users faced trying to buy narcotics

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht was the mastermind of a billion-dollar online drug ring, according to the US federal government. He was convicted earlier in the year and could face life in prison for his crimes, with prosecutors still quiet on what type of prison term they are seeking at the May 29 sentencing.

 

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Joshua Dratel, Ulbricht's lead defense attorney, has issued a statement saying Silk Road made it safer to purchase and sell drugs. Using the Dark Web, customers could sell or purchase everything from marijuana and hash to cocaine, heroin or LSD - and despite reported overdose deaths - this is an argument that is rather unique.

 

"In contrast to the government's portrayal of the Silk Road website as a more dangerous version of a traditional drug marketplace, in fact the Silk Road website was in many respects the most responsible such marketplace in history, and consciously and deliberately included recognized harm reduction measures, including access to physician counseling," Dratel said in a recent court filing.

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